Leeds Rhinos dominate 2015 Super League Dream Team

The 2015 Super League Dream Team
The 2015 Super League Dream Team has four Leeds players named.
Super League Dream Team 2015
Backs: Zak Hardaker (Leeds); Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield), Michael Shenton (Castleford), Kallum Watkins (Leeds), Joe Burgess (Wigan); Danny Brough (Huddersfield), Luke Gale (Castleford)
Forwards: Alex Walmsley (St Helens), James Roby (St Helens), Jamie Peacock (Leeds), Zeb Taia (Catalans), Liam Farrell (Wigan), Adam Cuthbertson (Leeds)

Retiring Leeds prop Jamie Peacock has been named in the Super League Dream Team for a record 11th time and the third year in succession.

Peacock, 37, is one of four Rhinos players in the squad, with Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins and Adam Cuthbertson also selected.

All three Man of Steel nominees - Alex Walmsley, Hardaker and Cuthbertson - are included in the line-up.

St Helens, Castleford, Huddersfield and Wigan have two players apiece.

NRL-bound back-rower Zeb Taia is the only representative from Catalans Dragons and completes the side.

See who the BBC commentators picked.

Leeds' stand-out performers

Jamie Peacock
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Having won two-thirds of the silverware on offer so far this season, Leeds' success has been reflected by the selection of four key players by the 40-strong vote.

Hardaker, already a nominee for Man of Steel and tipped to star for England in the autumn Tests against New Zealand, has 10 tries in 25 league games, but his defensive attributes have also been recognised.

Watkins was described as "the best British centre ever" earlier this season on the BBC Super League Show, while the offloading skills of Cuthbertson have added a new dimension to the Rhinos' game.

Peacock's leadership and work-rate alongside Cuthbertson in the pack made him a popular candidate.

Saints dynamo

James Roby
James Roby has enjoyed an impressive season for St Helens

Last year's Harry Sunderland Trophy winner James Roby missed out on Dream Team selection in 2014, with Man of Steel victor Daryl Clark taking the place following a remarkable campaign with Castleford.

However, Roby has returned in 2015, maintaining Saints title defence and putting in big minutes, big metres and even bigger number of tackles - 1,041 - second only to Hull FC's Danny Houghton.

Top scorers rewarded

Jermaine McGillvary's 27 tries for Huddersfield and Wigan wideman Joe Burgess's 23 efforts made them runaway choices on the flanks.

Both are in the reckoning for England this autumn, with Burgess set to move to the National Rugby League with Sydney Roosters for 2016.

Inside them are England internationals Watkins and Castleford's captain Michael Shenton.

A Giant and a Tiger in the halves

Huddersfield playmaker Danny Brough, a former Man of Steel himself, and Castleford's Luke Gale were named in the halves on the back of impressive individual seasons.

Brough helped guide Giants to a semi-final spot in Super League, while Gale has been linked with an England call for his performances.

Men of Steel

Zak Hardaker, Alex Walmsley and Adam Cuthbertson
Zak Hardaker, Alex Walmsley and Adam Cuthbertson are in the reckoning for Man of Steel.

Cuthbertson and Hardaker are joined by fellow nominee Alex Walmsley in the representative team, with the St Helens front-rower impressive in the defence of their title.

The 25-year-old has made more metres and more carries than any other player in the league this season, and weighed in with two tries too.

Free-scoring back-rowers

Liam Farrell and Taia showed their eye for a try in 2015, reaching 12 tries from the edges and only Ben Currie - one of those unfortunate to miss out - scored more as a forward.

Taia's record is all the more impressive given he spent two months on the sidelines mid-season through injury, while Farrell also had absences for facial injury and a chest contusion this term.

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